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Teaching medical students about bereavement is hard

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 16 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1071
  1. Jon Fulle, senior lecturer (jointly responsible for undergraduate teaching) (
  1. Department of Primary HealthCare and General Practice, Imperial College School of Medicine, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London SW10 9NP

    —The paper by Saunderson and Ridsdale and the accompanying commentary by Jewell, about attitudes towards responding to bereavement, raise several difficult questions for those teaching undergraduate medical students.1 We are told by the doctors interviewed that they were inadequately prepared by their medical school for the task of caring for dying patients. Most medical schools have paid attention to teaching this for some time; …

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